to cry. make him run commands the general. run, run. the boy runs. sensible pack of hounds on the child. the hounds catch him and tear him to pieces before his mother's eyes. that is it. like i said, i am sorry. ivan goes i then goes on to explain how other may indeed be an all-powerful benevolent god and may indeed be a future of harmony achieved through human suffering that even if this is so and of course it is far from being a sure thing ivan says he would personally reject any harmonious conclusion that requires the suffering of that 8-year-old. -doesn't say there is no god. he just says that if his plan for us involve such horrors he cannot and will not accept it and hands back the ticket.